Flappy Bird now playable on e-cigarettes

Smoke breaks just got a whole lot more... entertaining?


Did you hear the one about the guy who made Doom playable on a piano? Yeah, yeah, old news. Well, get this: Flappy Bird, Doug Nguyen's auto-scroller that was so successful he quit making video games forever, is now playable on an e-cigarette.

Kotaku discovered the hack, carried out by one Balázs Bánk. It actually looks easier to play on a micro-sized screen than on a proper smartphone. As Bánk demonstrates, you use one button to flap your lil' birdie's wings, and another to retry when you inevitably fly beak-first into a pipe and let loose a string of curse words.

While playing Flappy Bird on an e-cig is arguably a huge waste of time, so is orchestrating the hack in the first place—except not really, because it's pretty cool that technology has evolved to the point where we can rig pianos to frag Imps in D minor and program vaping devices to pilot birds.

Video games are weird. Also, cool.

Wanna take Flappy Bird: E-cig Edition for a test flight? Bánk made the game's binary available for download.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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